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Language comprehension

Language comprehension and cognitive processing in 7-12 year old children with hearing impairment and specific language impairments

Children with hearing impairment (HI) represent a heterogenic group with large variations in language comprehension, memory, and attention skills.
This PhD project explores language comprehension and cognitive processing in children with HI (behind the ear hearing aid users), children with specific language impairment (SLI), and typically developed children in the ages of 7 to 12 years.
Cognitive processing, the mind, is assessed based on: verbal working memory, phonological short-term memory, visual working memory, word recall, lexical organization in long-term memory, sustained attention, and selective attention.
This comparative cross sectional study explores intergroup, intragroup, and individual variation among children. Language comprehension and cognitive processing is explored with a specific focus on children with HI with language comprehension difficulties compared to children with SLI.


PhD student Annette Esbensen
Associate Professor, PhD, PhD supervisor Pia Thomsen
This PhD is funded by Oticon Fonden.


  • Thomsen P. & Esbensen A. (2013). Forskellige typer af sprogvanskeligheder? Fokus på betydningen af inputtet, arbejdshukommelse og eksekutive funktioner, Dansk Audiologopædi, 49(2), 5-23.

Last Updated 28.09.2017